Learning to Draw What You See

Learning to draw is always a challenge. One of the main challenges is learning how to draw what you see. Being able to get everything the eyes see and then putting them on paper can take some practice to perfect. Accuracy at this point is important if it concerns making a good impression of a certain subject while drawing it.

When drawing a certain subject, it is not always easy for beginners at drawing to take in everything they see and draw them. The eyes can give quite a lot of information that may need to be processed in the brain. At times, one may not be able to draw what he or she really sees. Here are some tips that may help drawing beginners learning this skill.

Practice Grid Drawing

It will be easier to draw a certain subject more accurately if you have several points of reference to make use of. Using a grid to draw may be able to help you do this. You can try using a grid made up of one inch squares that you can place over a photograph that you want to draw.

Another similar grid may also be placed on the drawing paper. You try to draw each line as how it is placed on each grid. This will aid you in drawing accurately by having precise points of reference.

Learn Drawing Negative Space

Trying to draw negative space of a subject can provide you with a different perspective of what you are drawing. Negative space is that space that surrounds the object that you are trying to draw.

Instead of focusing on the lines that make up the solid shape of the object you are drawing, you try to focus on drawing the lines that make up its background by observing the lines that make up the boundary of the object. Outlining the object would not be considered as drawing negative space.

Draw Subjects Upside Down

Another way of learning to draw what you see is by trying to break from familiar habits. Seeing a certain object all too many times can allow you to have an imprint of that object in your mind, preventing you from really seeing what is actually there. In order to break your mind free from this, you can try drawing objects upside down.

For practice, you can put a photo of something that you are drawing upside down as you draw it. The inverted image will become an unfamiliar object, forcing you to look more carefully as you try to draw it. Once you get the hang of it, you can now try drawing a real subject and imagine it upside down as you try to draw it.

 
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